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Jerusalem (CNN) - Jerusalem ramped up security after two Palestinian cousins wielding a gun and butcher knives attacked a synagogue during morning prayers, killing four worshipers and a police officer and wounding several others.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a strong reaction to Tuesday's killings. He characterized the attack, which drew condemnation from around the world, as the result of a "blood libel" fanned by Palestinian leaders.
(CNN) – The gunman who opened fire Friday at Washington state's Marysville-Pilchuck High School has been identified as freshman Jaylen Fryberg, fellow students, including eyewitnesses, told CNN.
Fryberg was announced as the high school's freshman homecoming king on October 17, according to YouTube video of the ceremony and accounts from students to CNN.
Fryberg's multiple social media accounts depict him frequently hunting, and using rifles. His social media accounts say he was a Native American and a member of the Tulalip tribe.
(CNN) - Two men were charged Thursday in connection with a terror plot that Australia's prime minister said involved plans to carry out a public execution.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said authorities obtained intelligence about a "demonstration killing" - a killing, Australian media reported, in which alleged assailants planned to kidnap a member of the public, behead the victim and then drape him or her in an ISIS flag.
The foiled plot comes just days after the country raised its terror alert to high and in the midst of Australia committing to helping the United States and a broad international coalition to beat back the Islamic State, or ISIS.
(CNN) - It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama said. "We don't have a strategy yet."
Obama said he's asked U.S. military leaders to prepare "a range of options" about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he said has become "a safe haven" for the Islamist group.
In Syria, he said, it's a political issue as well as a military one - and something regional leaders need to address.
(CNN) - The captors of American journalist James Foley had demanded a ransom of 100 million euros ($132.5 million) for his release, according to GlobalPost spokesman Richard Byrne.
The New Hampshire native, 40, was a freelancer for the online news outlet. He was on assignment when he disappeared on November 22, 2012, in northwest Syria, near the border with Turkey.
Philip Balboni, the president and chief executive of GlobalPost, told CNN that the company "never took the $100 million seriously" because ransoms paid for other hostages in ISIS captivity were "dramatically less." He did not say what those lower amounts were, but that there was an attempt to raise money that was more in line with the lower sums.